After reviewing all of the times from Day One at Buttonwillow we discovered a three-way battle for the fastest lap time of the event separated by a mere .74 seconds in cars with completely different drivetrains and classifications. At the top of the timing charts is Billy Johnson in the Unlimited RWD FX Motorsports Development NSX with a 1:49.241 lap. The team will need to find another 8.2 seconds to match the car’s personal best, set by Tyler McQuarrie at last year’s Super Lap Battle. This 1:40.981 is also the current overall track record. Even with the heat we know that this car and driver combination have much more time to kill.
Michael Chang is currently sitting in Second Place overall having wheeled his Limited RWD Evasive Motorsports Evo to a 1:49.546. Michael is only three tenths off of Billy’s time and just as importantly a mere nine tenths away from JC Meynet’s class record 1:48.550 lap.
Chris Rado is well within striking distance of the overall fastest time in no less than an Unlimited FWD car. Rado ran a 1:49.981 in his formidably winged Team Need for Speed Scion tC. This is only seven tenths of a second off of Billy’s best lap and 3.2 ticks from Rado’s own 1:46.736 FWD track record. We hope to see Rado beat himself today. Uh, that might have come out wrong.
Special thanks to Chris Harrington for these beautiful images from Buttonwillow (who would have thought that was possible?). Our first session will be hot today at 10:00am and our GTA Live! web broadcast will be live at 2:30pm. You can see all of the Day One results here and all of the current Buttonwillow track records here, including the latest Street and Limited RWD records set just yesterday by Carl Rydquist in the same Berk Technology BMW 135i. Stay tuned for more from B-Dubya today!